A count supervisor sorts voting papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, after elections to decide the make-up of the next Stormont Assembly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

With counting underway across Northern Ireland, perhaps now is a good time to take stock of what exactly is happening. The basics: There are 108 sea(...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “It is a serious problem. It is a crisis, it needs to be resolved.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has refused to rule out resigning over the Stormont House impasse. Mr McGuinness is said (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “It is my hope to meet with the families whenever that would be appropriate. It is such a sad time. I feel it all over the country.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he would like to meet the families of the Berkeley tragedy when it is appropriate. Mr Kenny said the deaths of six young pe(...)

People gather at the Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park to mourn the loss of the six Irish students who died in an early Tuesday morning balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The bodies of four of the six Irish students who died after a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California earlier this week are due to be brought back t(...)

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece and president Vladimir Putin of Russia meet at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday. Photograph: New York Times.

The European Central Bank has sanctioned further support for the Greek banking system amid fears for its stability, Ahead of Monday’s crucial EU leade(...)

Enda Kenny: voters must choose between pro-enterprise parties or those on “the left and ultra-left”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Voters will face a clear choice in the next general election between choosing a coalition led by Fine Gael or one led by Sinn Féin, Taoiseach Enda Ken(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “This is just another opportunity wasted and another disappointment for those who want change.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Significant changes in the way the Seanad operates will be implemented by October, according to the leader of the House, Senator Maurice Cummins. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who described the electoral rebuff on abolishing the Seanad as a “walloping’’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legislation implementing the Government’s decision to give all third-level graduates a vote in future Seanad elections is expected to be published dur(...)

The Heritage Council has said it believes there is scope for retention of a “high-quality environment” and development of onshore and offshore wind.

Renewable energy could have a negative impact on “non-renewable heritage assets” unless the Government draws up a national planning policy for onshore(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:  “I know there are people in the Opposition parties and they’d love if Ireland failed, because they’re building their party - Sinn Féin are building a party - on the prospect of a failed economy,” he told reporters yesterday.

The Government will present international investors with a six-year economic strategy as it leaves the bailout next month, an initiative specifically (...)

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